What’s Art Got to Do with an NGO

May 17, 2021

Concern Worldwide transforms a luncheon into a vibrant virtual art exhibition

New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles – Concern Worldwide, a global humanitarian organization, announced the launch of ‘Women of Concern presents WORK OF ART’, a first-of-its-kind virtual art exposition that showcases the powerful ways in which creativity and humanitarian work collide. The event will commence with a 30-minute program at 1:00 PM EST on Tuesday, May 18th.

Following the program, 6 interactive exhibits open that explore concepts from art for social change to folklore to hair styling, bringing to life the vital role art plays in uplifting the voices of women and girls and ending the cycle of extreme poverty. Registration is free, here.

Women of Concern presents WORK OF ART is a fresh take on the decades old ‘women’s luncheon’. “The pandemic challenged Concern Worldwide to look to the future of fundraising and adapt our  luncheon to be more inclusive, while meeting people at the intersection of their personal interests and Concern’s humanitarian work,” said VP of Individual Giving and Special Events Dara Burke So, what’s art got to do with it? Apparently, everything.

In addition to exploring Concern’s creative endeavors, the event features exciting art programing like:

  • ‘Art of Advocacy’ a conversation with Matt Capasso, Christies Co-Chair of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, CSR, Sarah Mackay, Christie’s Director of Programming of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, CSR, and Destinee Ross-Sutton, Art Curator and Advisor, Gallerist, Art Manager, Advocate, and Artist Muse.
  • Meet our honoree, Faith Atieno Founder of Art 360 Kibera, who sparks change in her community through art in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • ‘Conscious Creativity’ a talk with photographer, poet, author and Prince, Alexi Lubomirski. We all have a platform and a purpose and when we use it to create consciously anyone – no matter their profession – can create sustainable change and make the world a better place.
  • Explore over thirty one-of-a-kind lots featured in a virtual silent auction including fourteen original paintings from Art360 Kibera, win four roundtrip JetBlue tickets with complimentary access for 10 guests to Design Miami, A print by Justina Blakeney, an artist, designer, and founder of Jungalow®or Enjoy a private, curated tour for three after hours at Christie’s elegant New York City location, conducted by Stephen James, Christie’s Head of Publications.

About Concern Worldwide US
Founded in 1968, Concern Worldwide is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty. We believe in a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression – where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy, and creative life – a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We work with 25 million people each year, in some of the hardest to reach and most fragile places – places prone to conflict, natural disasters, climate change, and extreme hunger. When an emergency strikes, we are among the first on the ground and we stay until the job is done.

For additional information, contact Candance Patel-Taylor, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 312-690-3793. You can learn more about Concern Worldwide and its work – especially gender equality – at www.concernusa.org.